Air Evac Lifeteam and Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital have announced plans to provide a medical helicopter in Rutherford County.

Each crew consists of an Air Evac pilot, nurse and paramedic. The crew is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to transport critically ill and injured patients to the most appropriate Middle Tennessee facilities.

StatFlight, operated by Air Evac, will service a 70-100 mile radius from Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford.

“StatFlight can significantly decrease the transport time of a patient and improve outcomes when precious minutes can be the difference between life and death,” Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Teresa Collins said in a press release.

StatFlight is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2022.

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